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Four Saudi officers killed in gun attack

Four Saudi officers killed in gun attack

Riyadh - The attack comes as Saudi Arabia is embroiled in a long running conflict in its southern neighbour Yemen.



By AFP

Published: Sat 21 Apr 2018, 10:48 PM

Four Saudi officers were shot dead and four others wounded on Thursday when their checkpoint came under gunfire in southern Asir province, state media said citing the interior ministry.

Three officers were instantly killed when the outpost came under attack, the Saudi Press Agency reported, without specifying who was behind it.

"Security officials have succeeded in identifying a number of suspects involved in the crime and arrested two of them, both Saudi nationals," SPA said.

"In the interest of the investigation, their names cannot be revealed." A third Saudi suspect opened fire as he tried to escape, killing another officer and wounding four others, SPA added.

The attack comes as Saudi Arabia is embroiled in a long running conflict in its southern neighbour Yemen.

Since late 2014, the Daesh group has claimed a series of bombings and shootings against people and security forces.

Saudi Arabia is a member of the US-led international coalition that has helped battle the Daesh group in Syria and Iraq.

Last November, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed to "pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth" as he presided over the first meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance involving around 40 Muslim countries. - AFP


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